Can Greek Poets Speak with Musicians?

Posted: November 19, 2016 by vequinox in Literature

Piano Poetry Pantelis Politics

When we read carefully Odysseus Elytis’ poem “Mozart: Romance from Piano Concerto No. 20, KV 466” (1960),* we realize that, since he could not converse with his composer friends, the line about a “piano distant and subterranean” refers not to that piano but to this harpsichord:

Modern Greek poets have quite different attitudes toward the Greek visual arts and to music. On the one hand, they show great interest in painters, whether they are their contemporaries or not. They often become their friends and collaborators, contributing notes to their exhibition catalogues, writing essays, and illustrating their own books with their work. From the Generation of the 1880s onwards writers have written on painters such as Nikolaos Gyzis, Constantinos Parthenis, Gerasimos Steris, Theophilos Chatzimichail, Yiannis Tsarouhis, Nikos Nikolaou, Spyros Vasileiou, Yiannis Moralis, Alekos Fassianos, Sotiris Sorogkas, and Yiannis Psychopaidis. Also, when they live overseas, they tend to socialize with artists and…

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